Are you looking to upgrade to the perfect family-friendly SUV? The 2017 Toyota RAV4 and 2017 Ford Escape are two top competitors in the SUV segment, but which is the best option? Below you will find a comprehensive review of the new RAV4 and Escape, so continue reading to learn more. Whether you need safety features to protect your loved ones, or a fuel-efficient engine to save at the pump, one of these vehicles has everything you need.

If you'd like more information on the 2017 RAV4, call Thompson Toyota at (888) 415-2641.

2017 RAV4 vs. 2017 Ford Escape: Interior and Exterior Design

2017 Toyota RAV4 Interior

If you are looking for an SUV that will leave passersby staring, there is only one option. The Toyota RAV4 sports a bold, chiseled look that is ready to take you on the next adventure. Available LED lighting and Daytime Running Lights add a distinctive presence while increasing visibility. Unique wheel designs help you stand out from the crowd with their signature look. The 2017 RAV4 even has an S-Code paint treatment added to the front and rear bumpers, and side lower trim and fenders for increased durability.

The layout and design of the 2017 RAV4 has been designed with a focus on easy access to controls. The cabin is extremely roomy and there is a long list of standard features. Sound deadening materials reduce noise and vibration for a quiet cabin. Performance-inspired styling in the RAV4 is only available as an upgrade in the Ford Escape. Every trip in your 2017 RAV4 is enjoyable.

2017 RAV4 vs. 2017 Ford Escape: Safety and Technology

Do you want an SUV with the latest safety and technology features? For safety-conscious drivers, the Toyota RAV4 is the ideal choice for protecting you and your family. The Toyota RAV4 is newly equipped with Toyota Safety Sense package on all models. This package includes a rearview camera, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and pre-collision alert with pedestrian detection. Comparable features are only available as upgrades on the Ford Escape.

When it comes to technology, the RAV4 again has a longer list of standard features than the Ford Escape. A notable aspect of the 2017 RAV4 is the intuitively placed controls. A 6.1-in. touch screen, a six-speaker sound system, and Bluetooth® connectivity are all found in all RAV4 models. The touchscreen and similar features in the Ford Escape are only available as upgrades.

2017 RAV4 vs. 2017 Ford Escape: Engine and Performance

Are power and efficiency equally important to you? The 2.5L I4 found in the 2017 RAV4 has both compared to the engine in the Ford Escape. The RAV4 features more horsepower and better fuel economy than the competition, and an improved suspension for a smooth ride down the highway.

2017 Toyota RAV4 driving on ocean coast

2017 Toyota RAV4


2017 Ford Escape

2.5L I4 DOHC


2.5L iVCT

176 HP


168 HP

172 lb.-ft.


170 lb.-ft.

23 MPG/30 MPG

MPG city/highway

21 MPG/29 MPG

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 also features driver-selectable modes such as ECO and Sport mode. This allows drivers to customize their driving experience for added acceleration or maximized fuel economy.

2017 RAV4 vs. 2017 Ford Escape: Seating and Cargo Capacity

If you are looking for an SUV that is perfect for family road trips, you'll want excellent cargo space. The 2017 RAV4 has 73.4 cu.-ft. of space with the second row folded down, compared to only 68 cu.-ft. in the Ford Escape. With the rear seats in use, the RAV4 comes out ahead again with 38.4 cu.-ft. compared to 34 cu.-ft. of space in the Escape. The Toyota RAV4 also features a low-load cargo floor, and a height-adjustable power liftgate is also optional.

Schedule a Test Drive in the 2017 RAV4 at Thompson Toyota | Edgewood, MD

Are you ready to get behind the wheel of a new 2017 Toyota RAV4? Browse our extensive new inventory to find your ideal 2017 RAV4 model. Bring the whole family in to Thompson Toyota by calling to schedule a test drive at (888) 415-2641. Be sure to check out our factory-direct incentives to find out if you qualify for savings on your next Toyota RAV4 purchase.

Make an Inquiry